How many times have we complained about the business of writing? We’ve heard others do it, we’ve done it, the internet is wall-to-wall jam-packed with it.
“I love writing, but I hate all the other stuff that comes with it!” We cry. “If only I could only write!”
Here’s the thing: most of that “other stuff” is writing too. Whether you’re published or not, but especially if you are, it’s a necessary shift in attitude. If you say “I love writing, but I hate promotion” or “I love writing, but I hate trying to get published,” there’s another way to see the picture.
What do I mean? Well:
The query letter. Queries are for sure a different type of writing than novels, but a good one is a thing of beauty, and it all comes down to words. Choosing words. Which is writing. You need to write just enough to get someone interested in the sample pages. That’s all. And a rejection isn’t necessarily an indication that your query-writing isn’t great. On the contrary, if an agent reads a query that perfectly describes your book and they instantly know that the book isn’t for them, it’s… actually a success, even if it doesn’t feel that way.
Synopsis. It’s basically a neck-and-neck race between the synopsis or the query for the title of Most Hated Task In All of Writerdom. And yet, it’s also writing. A synopsis that describes what happens in the book without only describing what happens — and as a bonus, manages to convey tone and voice — is an amazing piece of writing, a demonstration of powerful writerly skills. [Read more…]